Imprisoned revolutionary Fricis Svaars knows his days are numbered. The Tsar's secret police plot his murder within the walls of Riga prison, but Fricis won't go quietly to his own assassination. His daring escape attempt takes him to the rocky shores of the Baltic Sea in winter, trapped between the guns of his relentless pursuers and the frigid waters of the open sea...FrImprisoned revolutionary Fricis Svaars knows his days are numbered. The Tsar's secret police plot his murder within the walls of Riga prison, but Fricis won't go quietly to his own assassination. His daring escape attempt takes him to the rocky shores of the Baltic Sea in winter, trapped between the guns of his relentless pursuers and the frigid waters of the open sea...From the pages of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, this gripping short story of a man facing dangers both human and elemental was a 2012 Derringer Award Finalist for Best Long Story....
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Blue Amber Reviews
What a great 5 star read! Visually satisfying and cleverly written. In a Baltic winter and manacled to an anchor, Fricis Svaars is alone. He knows his fate, but he’s a clever man. I like Fricis. Who wouldn’t? He’s strong, determined, powerfully built―has all the hallmarks of a survivor. But as we see him struggling to keep his head above water and weighed down with irons, there is that rare and unmistakable feeling that something could go horribly wrong.McCormick is a rare author who can hold his audience page after page. I think I steamed through this first section at an astonishing rate only to find the next equally as intoxicating. Hardly surprising as the writing is top notch which is what you would expect from a two-time Derringer Award Finalist and 2013 Hawthornden Writing Fellow.
Exceptional short thriller. A precision cut gem.From the moment the sleigh stops in frozen wasteland, the suspense never lets up as Latvian political prisoner Fricis tries to cheat the death coming for him via Russian guards. If I hadn’t been caught up in the sheer adrenalin of the escape bid, I’d have lingered over the quality of the writing. Instead, I was gripped by the story, wanting Fricis to come out alive but never knowing what the outcome would be. I’ve read plenty of thrillers and adventure stories but few which are so convincing.William Burton McCormick took me to the Baltic Sea, its politics and its savage beauty, where ‘if the tides were right, with a bit of swimming here and there, a man could walk near five miles out to sea with little difficulty, never getting his beard wet, often with his knees above the lapping waves.’ I came out of the adventure a little dazed but so pleased to have discovered an author to add to my must-read list. This short short story packed a much bigger punch than its word count and I can’t wait to see whether the quality is sustained over a full-length novel.
Bill McCormick exhibits his mastery of the art in this "long story" about Latvian protagonist Fricis, an imprisoned revolutionary in Czarist Latvia. While this isn't a full-length novel, McCormick brings life to this character who struggles to promote his goal that Latvia should be free and should be loved. Suspense and action are McCormick's specialties and fans won't be disappointed.